Ministry of Interior to tackle drug abuse in schools

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BANGKOK, 14 August 2015 – The Ministry of Interior has instructed related agencies to focus their anti-drug campaign on youths.

Deputy Permanent Secretary for Interior Apinan Suetanuwong disclosed that all provincial narcotics control centers have been instructed to work with local security and education agencies to compile a list of at-risk schools across the country. The campaign will be aimed at students involved in drug trafficking and drug abuse.

The Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONBC) has mapped out measures and guidelines for different agencies to deal with both well-behaved and at-risk students.

The Basic Education Commission will undertake the task of organizing provincial-level youth camps to educate students on how to safeguard themselves against narcotics. As for those already addicted to drugs, the commission and health agencies will jointly launch rehabilitation services in schools. Meanwhile, the Royal Thai Police will be in charge of legal enforcement.